Wednesday 24 August 2016


H. ZINGER (b. ca. 1905)
            He hailed from Galicia.  In 1930 he moved to Belgium and until 1940 worked as a diamond polisher in Antwerp.  He authored the pamphlet: Fir yor unter di daytshn in belgye (Four years under the Germans in Belgium), the first authentic report, described by a Jew, who spent the entire period of the German occupation in hiding in Belgium (Montreal, 1945), 26 pp.  Portions of his report, written for the underground fighting organization, to which he belonged in Belgium, were translated into French and published in the illegal Belgian and French press during the Nazi occupation.  In 1945 the report was published serially in Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal, with a preface by Ts. H. Vaksman.  There are two versions of Zinger’s death: (1) he was killed early in 1945 by the Nazis; and (2) he died after the liberation of Belgium.

Sources: Information from Leyb Hiler and other Jewish refugees from Belgium, now settled in New York.

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